Porirua Market bid process under way
Tenders have been called for Porirua’s Saturday Market.
A report to last Thursday’s Te Komiti meeting of Porirua City Council said the market was an integral element in revitalising the city centre.
It has been decided to offer a three-year term to run a market, which is operated now by Titahi Bay Lions.
Tender documents have been presented to the Lions and if the club is successful, it must enter into a marketing agreement from July 1.
Porirua deputy mayor ’Ana Coffey said the process to confirm the operator had been a drawn-out one.
‘‘This has been a slow and painful process and I can understand the frustration of the Lions,’’ she said. ‘‘It has created more pain for both parties.’’
She asked if the Lions would have first crack at securing the lease for the space.
The council’s general manager of strategy and planning, Wendy Walker, said the Lions would be in the mix to run the market.
‘‘We will establish whether they meet the criteria we have established,’’ she said.
Walker said a deadline of October 1 would be imposed to get a ‘‘refreshed’’ market up and running.
Titahi Bay Lions have run the market since 1986. Club treasurer and market manager John Linschoten said recently one option being mulled over was moving the market to another location.
Always popular: Porirua’s Saturday Market have become an integral part of the city over the past three decades.